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Doug Liman to direct Unearthed 0

Doug Liman to direct Unearthed

Doug Liman is in talks to develop and direct Unearthed, a sci-fi adventured based on the novel by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner, due for publication next year. Cross Creek Pictures acquired the rights to the novel, which follows Jules Addison and Amelia Radcliffe, two adventurers who join forces in a tomb-raiding race on a newly...

Kevin Hart to star in Dashing Through the Snow 0

Kevin Hart to star in Dashing Through the Snow

Kevin Hart is in talks to star as Santa Claus in Dashing Through the Snow, the family comedy Disney is developing. Rob Burnett has signed on to write the new draft of the screenplay, which follows a New York City detective whose difficult relationship with his son can only be repaired by Santa.

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Lee Toland Krieger to direct Blackfriars

Lee Toland Krieger (“The Age of Adaline”) has signed on to direct Blackfriars for Lakeshore. The comedy, written by Chris Bremner, is based on the true story of Walter Robinson, an uptight Boston police detective, who gets the case of his career when he is assigned to protect Bobby Zachary, the lone survivor of the infamous...

Catherine Keener joins crime thriller Soldado 0

Catherine Keener joins crime thriller Soldado

Catherine Keener has joined Benicio Del Toro and Josh Brolin in Soldado, a sequel to last year’s crime thriller Sicario. The sequel will follow Alejandro Gillick and CIA agent Matt Graver, who are hellbent on hunting down cartel kingpins,  and focus on what else is being smuggled across the border between Mexico and the U.S. in...

Gerard Butler to star in Angel Has Fallen 0

Gerard Butler to star in Angel Has Fallen

Gerard Butler has signed on to star in Angel Has Fallen, a follow-up to Olympus Has Fallen and London Has Fallen. Millennium Films is developing the sequel and has set Creighton Rothenberger and Katrin Benedikt to write the screenplay. Butler will once again portray Secret Service agent Mike Banning, who has spent his career keeping American...

Brody, Malkovich and Banderas to star in Unchained 0

Brody, Malkovich and Banderas to star in Unchained

Adrien Brody, John Malkovich and Antonio Banderas are set to star in Unchained, a crime thriller from Millennium Films. Paul Solet (“Grace”) has written the screenplay and will direct. The film will follow career criminals who trap themselves in a warehouse with the law closing in, and run into an attack dog named DeNiro. The story...

Helms and Morgan to star in TAG 0

Helms and Morgan to star in TAG

Ed Helms has signed on to star in TAG, a comedy about a group of friends who for 30 years played a bizarre cross country version of the kids game. Tracy Morgan is in talks to co-star. Director Jeff Tomsic will make his feature film debut for New Line Cinema. The story is based on a...

Fox Animation developing The Girl who Drank the Moon 0

Fox Animation developing The Girl who Drank the Moon

20th Century Fox Animation has acquired the rights to Kelly Barnhill’s children’s novel The Girl who Drank the Moon. Marc Haimes (“Kubo and the Two Strings”) is set to write the screenplay. BottleCap Productions is producing. The story: Every year, the people of the Protectorate leave a baby as an offering to the witch who lives...

Jack O'Connell to play Alexander McQueen 0

Jack O’Connell to play Alexander McQueen

Jack O’Connell has signed on to play Alexander McQueen in the untitled biopic by Pathe. Andrew Haigh (“45 Years”) will direct for a script by Chris Urch. Based on the book “Blood Beneath the Skin” by Andrew Wilson, the film will explore McQueen’s creative process in the months leading up to his 2009 show, providing an...

Chris Pine to star in A Wrinkle in Time 0

Chris Pine to star in A Wrinkle in Time

Chris Pine has joined the cast of sci-fi adventure A Wrinkle in Time, which Ava DuVernay is directing for Disney. Based on the novel by Madeleine L’Engle, the story follows a young girl whose government scientist father has gone missing after working on a mysterious project called a tesseract, which involves being transported to a fifth...

Jennifer Lawrence to play Zelda Fitzgerald 0

Jennifer Lawrence to play Zelda Fitzgerald

Jennifer Lawrence is in talks to star as Zelda Fitzegald in Ron Howard’s biopic. Based on Emma Frost’s screenplay, the film will follow the socialite, writer and F. Scott Fitzgerald’s wife and muse. Later in life, she became mentally ill and died in the South. Allison Shearmur Productions and Imagine Entertainment are producing.

Byrne, O'Dowd and Hawke to star in Juliet, Naked 0

Byrne, O’Dowd and Hawke to star in Juliet, Naked

Rose Byrne, Chris O’Dowd and Ethan Hawke are in talks to star “Julia, Naked“, an adaptation of Nick Hornby’s novel. Jesse Peretz (“My Idiot Brother”) is attached to direct the romantic dramedy, from a screenplay by Tamara Jenkins (“The Savages”) and Jim Taylor (“Sideways “) with revisions by Phil Alden Robinson and Evgenia Peretz. Byrne will...

Leonardo DiCaprio to star in Sam Phillips biopic 0

Leonardo DiCaprio to star in Sam Phillips biopic

Paramount Pictures has acquired the rights to Sam Phillips: The Man Who Invented Rock ‘N’ Roll, about the music producer and Sun Studio founder. Leonardo DiCaprio is set to star and produce through Appian Way. The book details the life and career of the music pioneer who helped make stars of artists as diverse as Elvis...

Josh Hartnett to star in spy thriller The Last Draw of Jack of Hearts 0

Josh Hartnett to star in spy thriller

Josh Hartnett is attached to star in The Last Draw of Jack of Hearts, an independent spy thriller. Guy Moshe has written the screenplay and will direct. The story follows Jack, the former top dog of an elite mercenary outfit, who is shot in the back and left for dead during a covert operation in Africa....

DeHaan and Delevingne to star in Valerian 0

DeHaan and Delevingne to star in Valerian

Luc Besson is moving on with Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, his big screen adaptation of sci-fi graphic novel series, Valerian, planning to direct from his own script. Dane DeHaan has been cast as the titular character, a space and time-traveling agent from a futuristic Earth. Cara Delevingne has also joined the cast...

Liam Neeson to star in A Willing Patriot 0

Liam Neeson to star in A Willing Patriot

Liam Neeson is in final talks to star in spy action-thriller, A Willing Patriot, set to be directed by Martin Zandvliet and written by Jason Keller. The story follows a CIA agent who tries to outsmart and capture a terrorist who is planning an attack. MadRiver Pictures is producing the project and will announce a domestic...

Cornish and Mulroney to star in Lavender 0

Cornish and Mulroney to star in Lavender

Abbie Cornish and Dermot Mulroney have signed on to star in the psychological thriller, Lavender. The story centers on a photographer struggling with severe memory loss. Strange clues amongst her photos begin to suggest that she may be responsible for the deaths of family members she never knew she had. Diego Klattenhoff has also joined the...

James and Plummer to star in The Kaiser's Last Kiss 0

James and Plummer to star in The Kaiser’s Last Kiss

Lily James and Christopher Plummer are set to star in the WWII spy thriller, The Kaiser’s Last Kiss. The story is set in the early years of World War II, in the aftermath of the Nazi invasion of the Netherlands in 1940, where former monarch Kaiser Wilhelm is living in exile since 1917. In an effort...

Helen Hunt and Dakota Fanning to star in Please Stand By 0

Helen Hunt and Dakota Fanning to star in Please Stand By

Helen Hunt and Dakota Fanning have signed on to star in Please Stand By. Ben Lewin (“The Sessions”) will direct. Fanning will play a brilliant young woman with autism who escapes her care home and embarks on a road-trip of a lifetime: to enter her script into a Hollywood competition. Hunt will play her no-nonsense carer...

Channing Tatum to star in The Forever War 0

Channing Tatum to star in The Forever War

Channing Tatum is set to star in The Forever War, the big screen adaptation of Joe Haldeman’s sci-fi novel, that has been in development for years. Warner Bros and Sony are now vying to set it up in their slate, while 20th Century Fox, who had the rights back in 2008 with Ridley Scott directing, is...

Ansel Engort to star in Dukes of Oxy 0

Ansel Engort to star in Dukes of Oxy

New Line Cinema is developing a big screen adaptation of the just-published Rolling Stone article, “Dukes of Oxy“. Michael De Luca is producing with Ansel Elgort (“Fault in our Stars”) and Emily Gerson Saines. Elgort will also potentially star as one of two teen high school wrestlers from Florida who built a multimillion-dollar business smuggling OxyContin...

Dornan and Murphy to star in WWII thriller 0

Dornan and Murphy to star in WWII thriller

Jamie Dornan (“Fifty Shades of Grey”) and Cillian Murphy have signed on to star in Anthropoid, a WWII thriller that Sean Ellis is directing. Based on the true story of two Czech soldiers who parachuted into their homeland — where ruthless SS general Reinhard Heydrich had earned himself the nickname “The Butcher of Prague” — with...

James Franco to star in Why Him? 0

James Franco to star in Why Him?

James Franco is in early talks to star in family comedy Why Him? The story follows a Midwestern father who takes his family to visit his daughter, who is attending Stanford, and subsequently gets into a competition with his daughter’s boyfriend, a young Internet billionaire. John Hamburg (“I Love You, Man”) is attached to direct for...

Denis Villeneuve to direct Blade Runner sequel 0

Denis Villeneuve to direct Blade Runner sequel

Denis Villeneuve is in talks to direct the sequel to 1982’s sci-fi classic Blade Runner. Harrison Ford is attached to reprise his role as Rick Deckard. While plot details are unknown, the story will take place several decades after the original. Hampton Fancher and Michael Green have written the screenplay. Alcon Entertainment and Ridley Scott are...

Leonardo DiCaprio to star in The Crowded Room 0

Leonardo DiCaprio to star in The Crowded Room

Leonardo DiCaprio has signed on to produce and star in The Crowded Room, a project he first expressed interest in back in 1997. Based on the book “The Minds of Billy Milligan” by Daniel Keyes, the film will tell Milligan’s story, including his court trial in the late 1970s in Ohio after being charged with robbery...

Rosamund Pike to star in The Deep Blue Goodbye 0

Rosamund Pike to star in The Deep Blue Goodbye

Rosamund Pike is in talks to join Christian Bale in The Deep Blue Goodbye. James Mangold is directing for 20th Century Fox. The story, based on John D. MacDonald’s novel, follows a self-described “salvage consultant” who recovers others’ property for a fee and along the way gets into trouble fighting bad guys and wooing women. Dennis...

Richard Linklater to direct Where'd You Go, Bernadette 0

Richard Linklater to direct Where’d You Go, Bernadette

Richard Linklater is in talks to direct Where’d You Go, Bernadette for Annapurna Pictures. The story, based on the best-selling novel by Maria Semple, tells the story of an agoraphobic architect and mother named Bernadette Branch who goes missing prior to a family trip to Antarctica, as narrated by her 15-year-old daughter Bee Branch. The script...

Will Ferrell to star in The House 0

Will Ferrell to star in The House

Will Ferrell has signed on to star in the comedy The House, from the writing team of Andrew J. Cohen and Brendan O’Brien (“Neighbors”). Cohen will also direct. The story centers on a married couple who lose their daughter’s college fund. They team up with their neighbors to start an illegal casino in their basement to...

Ewan McGregor to direct American Pastoral 0

Ewan McGregor to direct American Pastoral

Ewan McGregor will make his directing debut with an adaptation of Philip Roth’s American Pastoral for Lakeshore Entertainment. He’s taking over from Phillip Noyce who was first attached to the project over ten years ago. McGregor will also star in the family drama about Seymour “Swede” Levov, a legendary high school athlete who grows up to...

Paul Greengrass to direct 1984 0

Paul Greengrass to direct 1984

Paul Greengrass has signed on to direct a new adaptation of George Orwell’s classic novel, 1984, for Sony Pictures. James Graham will write the screenplay, based on the novel’s story of a man who rewrites history as a job and attempts to rebel by falling in love with a woman — a dangerous endeavor in a...

Watch Jessica Chastain in a clip from A Most Violent Year 0

Watch Jessica Chastain in a clip from A Most Violent Year

A24 has released the very first clip from A Most Violent Year, featuring Jessica Chastain and David Oyelowo. A Most Violent Year is a searing crime drama set in New York City during the winter of 1981, statistically the most dangerous year in the city’s history. From acclaimed writer/director J.C. Chandor, and starring Oscar Isaac and Jessica...

Paul Wesley to star in Convergence 0

Paul Wesley to move into sci-fi for Convergence

Paul Wesley (TV’s “Vampire Diaries”) will star in and produce the sci-fi, action movie Convergence. The story will follow a group of underground biotech engineers, including an MIT student wunderkind, exploring a new technology far beyond their expectations and beyond the limits of human control. The film is described as a college-age ensemble piece in the...

John August to write Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark 0

John August to write Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark

John August has signed on to write the big screen adaptation of Alvin Schwartz’s best-selling Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, a collection of spooky stories for kids. August is taking over from Marcus Dunstan and Patrick Melton (“Saw”) and will go back to the source material to provide a new draft for CBS Films....

Anna Kendrick in talks to star in The Accountant 0

Anna Kendrick in talks to star in The Accountant

Anna Kendrick is in early talks to star opposite Ben Affleck in The Accountant. Gavin O’Connor is set to direct the thriller for Warner Bros, based on the original script by Bill Dubuque. Affleck will star as the mild-mannered accountant who moonlights as a lethal assassin. Filming is planned to start in January.

Armie Hammer to star in The Birth of a Nation 0

Armie Hammer to star in The Birth of a Nation

Armie Hammer has joined the historical drama about the slave rebellion in Virginia, The Birth of a Nation. The film will be the directorial debut of Nate Parker, who has also written the screenplay and will star as Nat Turner. The story follows Turner and a band of about 70 rebel slaves, who killed between 55...

Mark Rylance to play The BFG 0

Mark Rylance to play The BFG

Veteran stage and screen actor, Mark Rylance, has been cast to play a Big Friendly Giant, in Steven Spielberg’s adaptation of Roald Dahl’s The BFG. Published in 1982, the children’s novel tells the story of a young girl, the Queen of England and the BFG, who set out on an adventure to capture the evil, man-eating...

Steve Carell to star in I.Q. 83 0

Steve Carell to star in I.Q. 83

Steve Carell is set to star in the big screen adaptation of Arthur Herzog’s sci-fi novel, I.Q. 83. Paramount is developing the project and has set Charlie Kaufman to do write a new draft for the screenplay. Planning to create a social satire, rather than a drama, the story will follow Dr. James Healey who leads...

Meryl Streep to star in Florence Foster Jenkins biopic 0

Meryl Streep to star in Florence Foster Jenkins biopic

Meryl Streep is set to star as opera singer wannabe, Florence Foster Jenkins, in period biopic Florence. Jenkins was a New York heiress determined to become a famous opera singer despite her lack of talent. She persisted in performing during the late 1920s to the mid 1940s, ignoring public ridicule. Stephen Frears has signed on to...

Natalie Dormer to star in The Forest 0

Natalie Dormer to star in The Forest

Natalie Dormer has signed on to star in the supernatural horror thriller, The Forest. Jason Zada is directing for Lava Bear Films and Phantom Four. Set in a forest called Aokigahara, a real-life place in Japan where people go to end their lives, the story centers on a young American woman who comes in search of...

James Wan to direct The Conjuring 2 0

James Wan to direct the sequel to his Conjuring

James Wan has just made a deal with New Line Cinema to return to direct The Conjuring 2, the sequel to his last year’s horror hit. He has also made a first-look producing deal with the Warner Bros-based film label, to develop and produce modest budget films in the science fiction, horror, and comedy genres through...

Renee Zellweger to star in Same Kind of Different as Me 0

Renee Zellweger to star in Same Kind of Different as Me

Renee Zellweger has signed on to star in Same Kind of Different as me, the faith-based drama that Michael Carney is directing for Paramount. Based on the 2006 nonfiction best-seller, the film will tell the story of the unlikely friendship between wealthy white art dealer Ron Hall and former sharecropper-turned-drifter Denver Moore. Zellweger will play Hall’s...

My Little Pony Movie coming soon 0

My Little Pony Movie coming our way

Hasbro has announced that they are developing an animated movie based on their successful My Little Pony franchise, planning a wide release for the film in 2017. Joe Ballarini (“Atlantis 7”) has signed on to write the screenplay. Introduced in 1983 and developed by Bonnie Zacherle, Charles Muenchinger and Steve D’Aguanno, the “My Little Pony” property...

Billy Crystal gets to choose Which Witch 0

Billy Crystal gets to choose Which Witch

Billy Crystal will write, produce and voice the wizard in Which Witch, an animated family movie, based on Eva Ibbotson’s children’s book. He will play Arriman the Awful, who holds a contest among the seven witches of Todcaster to determine which witch he will marry. The Jim Henson Co. is developing the project and has set...

Steve Carell to star in Gore Verbinski thriller 0

Steve Carell to star in Gore Verbinski thriller

Gore Verbinski is set to direct an untitled thriller for New Regency, as part of his three picture deal with the production company. Steve Carell will star in the project, which for now is simply described as a “paranoid thriller”. The screenplay has been written by Steve Conrad (“The Secret Life of Walter Mitty”). Production is...

Ice Cube to star in Rocky Mountain High 0

Ice Cube launching Rocky Mountain High

Universal Pictures has bought a new comedy pitch by Ice Cube, after a bidding war against Relativity, Paramount, MGM and New Line. While the story is under wraps, it is believed to be a new comedy franchise for Ice Cube, who will star and produce. Filming is currently planned to start around summer 2015, provided the...

All Roads Lead to Rome for Sarah Jessica Parker 0

All Roads Lead to Rome for Sarah Jessica Parker

Sarah Jessica Parker has picked her next romantic comedy, All Roads Lead to Rome, and it’s going to be set in Italy! She will play Maggie, an uptight American who finds herself on an unplanned road trip throughout Italy (with her Italian former lover Luca) as they seek out her rebellious teenage daughter. Ella Lemhagen (“The...

Ben Affleck to star as The Accountant 0

Ben Affleck to star as The Accountant

Ben Affleck is in talks to star in The Accountant, the action thriller that Warner Bros is developing, after picking it up out of turnaround from Sony Pictures. Will Smith was once attached to the project when it was at Sony. The story centers on a mild-mannered accountant who moonlights as a lethal assassin. Bill Dubuque...

Alec Baldwin to voice Boss Baby 0

Alec Baldwin to voice Boss Baby

DreamWorks Animation has found the perfect voice for Boss Baby in Alec Baldwin. The animated comedy is based on Marla Frazee’s picture book and follows a fast-talking suit-wearing briefcase-carrying baby who must pair up with his seven-year old brother to stop the dastardly plot of the CEO of Puppy Co. and restore order in the world. Kevin...

Matthew Fox and Patrick Wilson to star in Bone Tomahawk 0

Matthew Fox and Patrick Wilson to star in Bone Tomahawk

Matthew Fox and Patrick Wilson have joined the cast of horror western Bone Tomahawk. S. Craig Zahler is directing the film about four men who set out to rescue a group of captives from a band of cannibalistic troglodytes. Wilson will portray a driven and thoughtful cowboy whose rise to the foreman position of a cattle...

Joseph Gordon-Levitt to play Edward Snowden 0

Joseph Gordon-Levitt to play Edward Snowden

Oliver Stone is in talks with Joseph Gordon-Levitt for the part of Edward Snowden in The Snowden Files. Stone is directing one of several competing projects based on Snowden and his disclosures about NSA. He has secured the rights to Snowden’s lawyer’s novel, Time Of The Octopus, as well as the rights to The Snowden Files:...

Ang Lee to direct Billy Lynn's a Long Halftime Walk 0

Ang Lee to do a Long Halftime Walk for his next film

Ang Lee has picked his next film and it will be an adaptation of Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, for TriStar Productions and Film4. The satirical novel by Ben Fountain centers on 19-year-old soldier Billy Lynn and his squad, who survive a battle in Iraq that is captured by embedded news cameras, pushing them into the...

Anthony Mackie to star in Our Brand is Crisis 0

Anthony Mackie in Our Brand is Crisis

Anthony Mackie has signed on to join the cast of Our Brand is Crisis, the political dramedy starring Sandra Bullock. Based on the 2005 doc Our Brand Is Crisis, the story focuses on the use of U.S. political campaign strategies in South America. David Gordon Green is directing for Warner Bros. Filming is set to begin...

Ben Kigsley and Brie Larson join Brooklyn Bridge 0

Ben Kigsley and Brie Larson join Brooklyn Bridge

Ben Kingsley and Brie Larson (“21 Jump Street”) have joined the cast of Brooklyn Bridge, a drama about Washington Roebling, the brilliant but inexperienced civil engineer and son of architect, John A. Roebling, who is entrusted with completing his father’s famous Brooklyn Bridge. Daniel Radcliffe is set to play Roebling. Kingsley will play his father and...

Jack Huston is the new Ben-Hur! 0

Jack Huston is the new Ben-Hur!

From Heston to Huston. MGM and Paramount have found their Ben-Hur in Jack Huston, known mostly for his performance in Boardwalk Empire. Many actors were being considered for both the lead protagonist and his rival, Messala, and Huston was previously thought to be closer to the latter role. But after reading for that part, director Timur...

Tom Hiddleston to star in Skull Island 0

Tom Hiddleston to explore Skull Island

Tom Hiddleston has signed on to star in Skull Island, the action adventure that will be set on King Kong’s island, exploring his origins and the mysterious nature of the island world. Legendary Pictures has also set Jordan Vogt-Roberts (“The Kings of Summer”) to direct the film. Skull Island has been featured in previous versions of...

Matt Damon and Paul Greengrass are back for more Bourne 0

Matt Damon back for more Bourne

Matt Damon and Paul Greengrass are returning to the Bourne franchise. Universal Pictures is in talks with both actor and director for a fifth Bourne film that will see Jason Bourne back in the story. A fourth installment, The Bourne Legacy, was released two years ago and was more of a spin-off than a sequel to the...

Sony says I Know What You Did Last Summer... again 0

Sony says I Know What You Did Last Summer… again

Sony Pictures is planning to reboot the I Know What You Did Last Summer franchise, setting up writing partners Mike Flanagan and Jeff Howard (“Oculus”) to write a new version of the teen horror movie. The story in the 1997 original, which starred Jennifer Love Hewitt, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Anne Heche, Ryan Phillippe and Freddie Prinze...

Ben Foster to star in The Finest Hours 0

Ben Foster to co-star in The Finest Hours

Ben Foster has signed on to star in The Finest Hours, a film based on the true story revolving around of the rescue attempt by the Coast Guard in 1952 after a pair of oil tankers were destroyed during a blizzard. Chris  Pine is already set to star, along with Casey Affleck and Holliday Grainger. Craig...

Leslie Mann to star in Vacation reboot 0

Leslie Mann to star in Vacation reboot

Leslie Mann is in talks to join the cast of Vacation, a remake of sorts of National Lampoon’s Vacation. In this story, Rusty Griswold, the grown-up son of Clark Griswold takes his family on a road trip similar to the one he, his parents and his sister took when he was young. Ed Helms will play...

Morgan Freeman to star in Ben-Hur 0

Morgan Freeman to train Ben-Hur

Morgan Freeman is set to star in the latest adaptation of Ben Hur: A Tale of the Christ, the 191th century novel by Lew Wallace. Titled Ben-Hur, the religious epic has yet to cast the lead character, Judah Ben Hur, and his friend-turned-rival, Messala. Timur Bekmambetov is directing for MGM and Paramount, from a script by...

Theo James to stat in Underworld: Next Generation 0

Theo James takes over the Underworld franchise

Theo James has signed on to star in the fifth installment in the Underworld franchise, currently titled Underworld: Next Generation. James appeared as the vampire David in the fourth film and will now be the central character in the new film, which is not a reboot but rather an expansion of the existing universe, starring opposite...

Elizabeth Olsen to co-star in I Saw the Light 0

Elizabeth Olsen to co-star in I Saw the Light

Elizabeth Olsen is set to star as Audrey Mae, Hank Williams’ wife, in the biopic I Saw the Light. Tom Hiddleston is playing Williams and Marc Abraham is set to direct. Filming is scheduled to begin in October in Louisiana. Based on the 1994 book “Hank Williams: The Biography” by Colin Escott, George Merritt and William...

Chris Cooper to star in Demolition 0

Chris Cooper to star in Demolition

Chris Cooper has signed on to join the cast of Demolition, the next film by Dallas Buyers Club director, Jean-Marc Vallee. Jake Gyllenhaal and Naomi Watts are already set to star in the drama about a young investment banker struggling to understand his emotional unraveling after the tragic death of his wife, when, suddenly a woman...

Paul Greengrass to direct The Ballad of Richard Jewell 0

Paul Greengrass to direct The Ballad of Richard Jewell

Paul Greengrass is in talks to direct Jonah Hill in The Ballad of Richard Jewell, for 20th Century Fox. Hill will play the security guard who reported on the knapsack bomb at the 1996 summer Olympics and helped clear bystanders — only to find himself vilified and suspected of being involved in the terrorism plot. Leonardo...

Morgan Freeman to star in Ted 2 0

‘Ted’ sequel calls in Morgan Freeman

Morgan Freeman has signed on to star in Ted 2, the sequel to 2012’s blockbuster, starring Marc Wahlberg and Seth MacFarlane as the voice of Ted. While the plot is currently a secret, Freeman is thought to play an iconic civil rights lawyer who comes into the picture when Ted needs to resolve some legal issues. MacFarlane...

Sony moves ahead with 23 Jump Street 0

Sony moves ahead with 23 Jump Street

Rodney Rothman will return to Jump Street to write the third installment of what is now becoming a franchise for Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum. Sony has begun development on 23 Jump Street (not yet known whether it will take place in a Medical School) and the directing duo of the first two Jump Street films, Phil...

Todd Haynes to direct Peggy Lee biopic 0

Todd Haynes to direct Peggy Lee biopic

Todd Haynes is set to direct the untitled Peggy Lee biopic, which has Reese Witherspoon starring as the legendary singer. The project was originally developed with Nora Ephron writing and directing but after her death in 2012, it was put on hold. Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Doug Wright signed on to do a rewrite of the screenplay...

Michael Douglas and Orlando Bloom join the cast of Unlocked 0

Michael Douglas and Orlando Bloom join Unlocked

Michael Douglas and Orlando Bloom have signed on to join the cast of Unlocked, an intelligence action-thriller that is set to star Noomi Rapace. Michael Apted has taken over directing duties from Mikael Håfström, who was originally attached to direct. The story follows a CIA interrogator who unwittingly provides information to terrorists, triggering a race against...

Steve Coogan to star in Boswell for the Defence 0

Steve Coogan to be Boswell for the Defence

Steve Coogan is set to star as 18th century lawyer, James Bowell, in Boswell for the Defence, an adaptation of Patrick Edgeworth‘s play. Gregor Jordan (“Unthinkable”) has signed on to direct from a script by Edgeworth. The story focuses on an impossible case Boswell takes in the twilight of his career and life, a case no one...

Matt Damon to star and Kenneth Lonergan to direct Manchester-by-the-Sea 0

Matt Damon to move to Manchester-by-the-Sea

Matt Damon will star in family drama Manchester-by-the-Sea, reuniting with his Margaret director, Kenneth Lonergan. Lonergan has also written the screenplay about a ne’er-do-well plumber who lives in Boston and is forced to return home to Manchester-by-the-Sea after he learns his brother passed away. There, he finds himself thrust into the care of his 16-year old nephew....

Keanu Reeves to star in Daughter of God 0

Keanu Reeves to star in Daughter of God

Keanu Reeves has signed on to star in Daughter of God, where he will play a police detective who searches for the truth behind his partner’s death. Ana de Armas, who just starred with Reeves in Knock Knock, will play a young Latino woman who experiences strange happenings. Gee Malik Linton has written the screenplay and...

Mike and Dave to seek Wedding Dates on the big screen 0

Mike and Dave to seek Wedding Dates on the big screen

Jake Szymanski (“Funny or Die” videos) is in talks to direct Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates for 20th Century Fox. He is replacing Jonathan Levine who was once attached to direct. The comedy is based on the true story of Mike and Dave Stangle, two brothers from Albany, NY, who tried to get dates for...

Julia Roberts joins The Secret in Their Eyes remake 0

Julia Roberts joins The Secret in Their Eyes remake

Julia Roberts has joined the cast of The Secret in Their Eyes, a remake of the 2010 Argentinian original. Chiwetel Ejiofor will play a former MI-5 agent who returns to Boston on a joint task force with the FBI. Roberts will star as his friend and former partner whose daughter is murdered. The ex-agent digs up...

James McTeigue to direct Alien Sleeper Cell 0

James McTeigue to tackle Alien Sleeper Cell

James McTeigue (“V for Vendetta”) has signed on to direct Alien Sleeper Cell, an alien invasion thriller for ScanBox Studios. Morgan Davis Foehl (“Cyber”) has written the script for the sci-fi project, whose plotline is not kept under wraps but is believed to be in the vein of films such as The Bourne Identity. Prime Universe...

Robert De Niro and Zac Efron to star in Dirty Grandpa 0

Robert De Niro to be Zac Efron’s Dirty Grandpa

Robert De Niro and Zac Efron are in early talks to star in Dirty Grandpa, a road-trip comedy about a young man who is tricked into driving his grandfather, a perverted former Army general who thinks his grandson is about to marry the wrong woman, to Florida for spring break. Dan Mazer (writer of “Borat” and...

Morten Tyldum to direct Pattern Recognition 0

Morten Tyldum to work on Pattern Recognition

Morten Tyldum, director of this year’s awards contender The Imitation Game, has signed on to helm sci-fi thriller Pattern Recognition for New Regency Productions. Based on a novel by William Gibson, the story follows a marketing consultant with a psychological sensitivity to corporate symbols who is hired to seek the creators of film clips anonymously posted...

Sienna Miller, Zoe Saldana and Elle Fanning to star in Live by Night 0

Sienna Miller, Zoe Saldana and Elle Fanning to Live by Night

Ben Affleck’s next directing project, Live by Night, is gearing up again and has just announced the casting of Sienna Miller, Zoe Saldana and Elle Fanning. Using characters from Dennis Lehane’s novel “The Given Day”, the film is set in Prohibition-era America and follows Coughlin, a charismatic young gangster on his rise through the glitz and...

Shia LaBeouf, Kate Mara and Gary Oldman to Star in Man Down 0

Shia LaBeouf, Kate Mara and Gary Oldman to star in Man Down

Shia LaBeouf, Kate Mara and Gary Oldman have signed on to star in Man Down, a psychological thriller about an Afghanistan war veteran haunted by his experiences who is searching for his family in a post-apocalyptic America. Dito Montiel (“A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints”) is directing from a script by Adam Simon. The project, which...

Naomi Watts to star in Demolition 0

Naomi Watts to star in Demolition

Naomi Watts has joined the cast of Demolition and will star opposite Jake Gyllenhaal in the romantic drama. Jean-Marc Vallee is directing from a script by Bryan Sipe. The story follows a young investment banker struggling to understand his emotional unraveling after the tragic death of his wife. Suddenly a woman he meets in a chance...

Margot Robbie to star in The Ghost in the Shell 0

Margot Robbie to star in Ghost in the Shell

Margot Robbie is in early negotiations to star in Ghost in the Shell, an adaptation of the Japanese manga that Rupert Sanders is set to direct for DreamWorks. The script has been written by Bill Wheeler and is based on the original story that follows a member of a covert ops unit of the Japanese National...

Jessica Chastain and Kristen Wiig to join The Martian 0

Jessica Chastain and Kristen Wiig to join The Martian

Jessica Chastain is in early talks to join Matt Damon in The Martian, a sci-fi adventure to be directed by Ridley Scott for 20th Century Fox. Kristen Wiig is also in early negotiations, though discussions for her involvement in the film are still in a preliminary stage. The film will be based on the e-book by...

George Clooney to direct Hack Attack 0

George Clooney to direct celebrity phone hacking drama

George Clooney has signed on to direct Hack Attack, a drama about the British phone hacking scandal, for Sony Pictures. The film will be based on Nick Davies’ account of the British phone hacking scandal surrounding Rupert Murdoch’s news empire. Over six years, Davies investigated News Corporation and its subsidiary, News International; his book shows how...

Nicholas Sparks' novel The Choice 0

Nicholas Sparks’ novel The Choice goes to the big screen

Another Nicholas Sparks’ novel heads to the big screen. The Choice is the 11th novel of the author to be turned into a film. Ross Katz (“Adult Beginners”) is set to direct the romantic drama from a script by Bryan Sipes. The story spans a decade and traces the evolution of a love affair between Travis...

Vince Vaughn to star in The Politician 0

Vince Vaughn to star in The Politician

Vince Vaughn is attached to star in The Politician, a comedy being developed at Columbia. Michael Dowse (“What if”) has come on board to direct. The script, which was on the 2013 Black List, was written by Matthew Bass and Theodore Bressman and centers on a politician in Washington, D.C., who is caught in a scandal with...

Emilia Clarke and Sam Claflin 0

Emilia Clarke and Sam Claflin to star in Me Before You

Emilia Clarke from the “Game of Thrones” TV Series and Sam Claflin from “The Hunger Games” franchise are in talks to star in Me Before You, a drama based on the novel by Jojo Moyes. Thea Sharrock will direct for MGM and New Line Cinema. The script has been written by Scott Neustadter and Michael H....